The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

ISBN: 0312863551
ISBN 13: 9780312863555
By: Robert A. Heinlein

Check Price Now


Classics Currently Reading Favorites Fiction Sci Fi Sci Fi Fantasy Science Fiction Scifi Sf To Read

About this book

Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work. It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" is one of the high points of modern science fiction, a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" is the winner of the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Reader's Thoughts


A brilliant science fiction adventure based on a libertarian theme. Although I like Heinlein, this is one of the few of his books that I've managed to finish. The reason I usually give up is because they tend to be episodic and one story ends before the next one has begun.In this case there is a unitary theme about people in a colony (the Moon) who are being short-changed by their colonial masters and who realize that their only long-term hope is to "dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them," to borrow Thomas Jefferson's words. The differences is that in this case the colony is the Moon.The Earth offers a false compromise, agreeing to help moon residents return to live on earth. But as their bodies are adapted to the moon's lower gravity this is impractical.In the end gravity plays a very important part in the story. But I cannot say any more lest I spoil it for you.The story also allows Heinlein to make some interesting points (as usual) about artificial intelligence, human rights and human relationships.


I’ve read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress twice in twenty years. Two decades between readings and it still holds up surprisingly well. Heinlein’s Lunar Revolution, his benevolent AI, Mycroft (aka Mike), and Professor de la Paz’s ideas for government were all exactly how I remembered them. Yet I found that my favourite part of the rereading experience was the tale it told about me. When I read this book the first time, I was an idealistic youth who believed that change was possible and worth fighting for, maybe even worth dying for. I disdained inequality, injustice, tyranny, blah, blah, blah, and I wanted to do something to fix the problems I saw. I went on to do many things about those problems over the next twenty years. It didn’t do a damn bit of good.So now I am a cynical man who desires change as greatly as I ever did but knows it is impossible, and that the fight is increasingly futile. I still disdain inequality, injustice, tyranny, along with capitalism, consumerism, imperialism, yada, yada yada, and I’ve given up trying to fix the problems. Now I just do the little things for myself and those I love, mostly to make myself feel good, and the rest of the world can be damned. Not doing anything should do as much good as all the things I did for twenty years (I say this, but then our plan is to do aid work somewhere in the next couple years; don't take my cynicism too seriously). The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the same book it was twenty years ago, but back then I saw it as a call to arms. Now I see it as a flight of fancy, a pure act of wishful thinking, a revolution the way I wish it could be but know it never will. Still, there’s nothing wrong with an act of pure imagination now and then, even if the hopefulness is play and only serves to underline my deep hopelessness.


I think this is Heinlein's most controlled book. It shows great mastery in the language. The book is written from the perspective of a lunar colonist, who uses a gramatically simplified language with many invented slang words. After striking you as peculiar on the first page, you immediately stop noticing the special diction and the idiom just makes itself clear, without the necessity to explain the new words. On the other hand, the language keeps conveying the 'strangeness' of the Moon, the idea that a totally different culture from Earth has developed on the colony.The build-up is great and the story never loses pace. There are some jumps ahead in time between chapters that are perfectly placed: you don't get the feeling that you missed something, but you are happy that a possibly tedious development has been cut short. Those jumps do a great job in keeping the story rolling without ever getting boring.You cannot help but sympathise with these Loonies and hope that their ploy to gain independance from Earth will work. The revolution is not a simple guerilla warfare story, but an ingenious plan that takes into account global economy, national sensitivities, playing the media and the advantage that the Moon is sitting on top of a gravity well towards Earth (so they can toss things downward).The story has many strong, memorable characters of which the most noticeable is the sentient computer Mike. And of course it promotes polygamic family structures, always a topic with Heinlein.Heinlein has been accused of having written a blueprint for a revolution, that could be used by insurrectionists everywhere to stage a succesful war of independance. That is of course exaggerated, but it does illustrate how well planned the plot of this story is. A must read classic with a superb sounding title!


** spoiler alert ** Excellent. Almost perfect. To all of those that say that this is Heinlein's best work: I agree, and would go so far as to say "by far".A few thoughts:(1) Chapter twenty-six is probably one of the best single chapters in science fiction literature. Maybe all literature.(2) Heinlein prevents this from being a five-star work with (surprise!) how he portrays women. Hamstrung, they are, when they ought to be in power. He drops hints that the Lunar society has the most empowered women in history, and yet the families are not matriarchal; and though the Revolution seems to start with Wyoh, she quickly fades into the background (politically); and tben every other little detail (one of the kickers for me being during the climactic War Cabinet meeting when our narrator refers to one of the women as "a good little fem that knows when to stay quiet" [or something like that:]). Sigh.(3) Mike. Poor Mike. So tragic.(4) "Throw rocks at them." So great.------See also:•

The Fza

Pay your debts. Collect what is owed to you. Maintain your reputation and that of your family... In 2075, on the underground penal colonies scattered across Earth's Moon, that is what life amounts to.I've been a Heinlein fan since I read Have Space Suit—Will Travel as a young man. After which point I made an effort to read Heinlein as often as possible. What I found in his work was not only adventure and inventive situations but characters imbued with a sort of moral 'Rational Anarchy' that made them both strong and vulnerable.This, accompanied with his straightforward story telling and vibrant worlds... well it was all very exciting stuff and I soon learned that "The Heinlein Juveniles" (as 200 page pocketbooks I was breezing through were called) weren't his only works.I read collections of short-stories that would include the poetry that US astronauts would quote on the moon and time travel stories that made fun of established theories. Not to mention his more subversive later works. All-in-all, a body of damn fine work. Yet, it wasn't until I read this book, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, that I truly would understand what Carl Sagan meant when he said, about books, that they are "proof that humans can work magic." Because this book about two men, a woman and a computer WAS magic. This might be why it was nominated for a Nebula and twice for a Hugo (which it eventually won in 1967 for best for Best Novel). And why, in the reading it, you can tell it was a labor of love.Love for science, for social commentary, for political ideology and for the amazing thing life is. Despite the many tropes within, it didn't seem forced or unrealistic (to some aspects even with what we know today about space science it seems to make sense). Nor did it suffer from Heinlein's one--I won’t call it a flaw, but lets just say he had some very different ideas about women then the 21st century man (or woman) might. I think the best article about this seeming dichotomy of strong smart, yet submissive women of many Heinlein books is discussed much better than I can in Mary Grace Lord's October 2, 2005 article for the New York Times: Heinlein's Female TroublesIf you think this 'flaw' of Heinlein's to be insurmountable when reading some of his work, remember that at a time when almost no SF had females in them Heinlein built books around them. In some cases making them more important in society than their male counter-parts. As he has done here on Luna.In The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the populace inhabiting these lunar dwellings, or "Loonies", are much like original settlers of Australia or the Americas. They're surely a motley lot, mostly folks that 'civilized' countries didn't want around. The Lunar Authority have been shipping criminals, political exiles, dissidents and any number of conscripted and non-conscripted undesirables up to the Moon for over fifty years now. As a result the population is about three million, with men outnumbering women about 2:1. This gap has decreased since initial colonization.Despite having a warden, there is little Lunar Authority intervention in the loose Lunar society. It is a place akin to that of the Old West, with the exception of the prairie being the deadly vacuum of Luna's surface. Of course here, with about 2 men to each woman, the result is a society where women have a great deal of power. Land is in their name and a slight against a woman could lead a perpetrator straight to the aforementioned vacuum. There are no laws on Luna in 2075, either you are polite or you are dead!Yes, the Loonies have a hard life indeed. Yet with life in Lunar City or Complex Under or even Hong Kong Luna came several perks, a long life among them. After all, it's gravity that makes brittle bones and wrinkles an issue. Here, even 100 year old men with no legs is as mobile as a 20 year old in perfect health could be. So are they still imprisoned?If you asked Manuel Garcia O'Kelly at the opening of Moon, he might have said "they are as free as one could be" or "who cares". You see Mannie was a computer tech, he lived a happy life with his family in their nice warren and as a contractor he didn't have to answer to the Lunar Authority. Though he would do jobs for them. The Lunar Authority had a HOLMES IV (High-Optional. Logical. Multi-Evaluating. Supervisor. Mark IV) computer, the most impressive computer on the Moon surface controlling most of the colony's technical needs. Mannie also knew this particular computer to be extra-special. You see it had a sense of humor and enjoyed talking to Mannie about any number of things. While Mannie wasn't sure if this computer was alive he was sure this was something to keep secret. He and Mycroft, as Mannie dubbed this amazing HOLMES IV computer, started a friendship.If this was the only aspect of the story it might still have been a good tale. In 1967 computers were still novel. However Heinlein wrote a much more complex tale. Mycroft wanted his friend to do something for him. He wanted to know more about people and asked Mannie to record an anti-Authority meeting he had heard about with his limited surveillance of the human populace's activity.Mannie wasn't one for politics. But he agreed to go in exchange for Mycroft's promise not to play any more practical jokes on Authority check-clerks, thereby keeping Mycroft's unique personality quiet. Little did Mannie know this one decision would lead him, his old teacher Professor de la Paz, and new arrival to Luna City, Wyoming Knott, into a world of Lunar revolution. This book is full of everything the SF reader and the average politico will love. It might be one of the best books (SF or not) you will ever read. It is a gem that tends to be overshadowed by more popular Heinlein stories like Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land. Yet it's not bogged down by the overt social commentary of those other works. The Moon asked questions, it doesn't try to answer them, and in the end you are left to lament over it as you might an old love. In my opinion this is Heinlein's masterpiece and the best example as to why he was exalted as the first Grand Master of Science Fiction. Do yourself a favor and discover why the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The SF nerd in you will thank you for it. As will the romantic adventurer.


Note to self: When planning a political, economic and military coup, the first ally you want to make is the Artificial Intelligence that runs the entire planetary system. It really helps if you think of the AI as a totally sentient being and you are willing to help expand the AI's understanding, especially when it comes to humour!I appreciated the fact that this book does not labour over the military aspects of the coup. No long passages detailing fighting in the corridors or describing various space crafts hovering in the atmosphere. This is really a story about deception, idealism, and acceptance. Hard to not to feel somewhat sorry for the Lunars who have been abandoned and forced into a life of servitude for Earth. Yet the Lunars are the first ones to make something out of their harsh environment and fight for their independence. Fascinating personalities and even more fascinating strategic tactics. Sometimes I really wonder if battles are not won more on chance than anything. Yes, the AI controlled everything on the Moon but one there isn't a single AI running things on Earth is never addressed. Although the thought would be scary if both AIs tried to out-duel one another.


I couldn't help but compare Heinlein's fictional description of life in a Lunar Penal Colony to the way life was for these United States of America struggling for independence from England.It is written from the perspective of a citizen of Luna (the penal colony on the Moon) who was born there, so it takes a chapter or two to get used to the dialect he uses. It's really just abbreviated English with some Russian words and words from a few other languages.I was immediately drawn in by Heinlein's sense of humor depicted through Mike, the conscious computer.This is an excellent book that touches nicely on all of the debatable aspects of what life would be like in a libertarian society... just like in the U.S. before the Civil War! (only more technologically advanced and no slaves) Through the characters and description of life in Luna, Heinlein explains how freedom and free markets benefit EVERYONE.HIGHLY recommend this book.

Kelly McCubbin

This is quite possibly Heinlein's most politically charged book. People speak of Stranger in a Strange Land as being socially revolutionary, but this book is both that (polygamous marriage to form extended families, murder generally allowed, but insults to women punishable by death) and politically charged (Libertarian, Libertarian, Libertarian, though not exactly that kind of loopy American Libertarian Party kind, but a kind based more strictly on a dismantling of governmental power).It is a constant flow of political ideas, many of which you'll want to discard as unworkable or even offensive, but there is real power in Heinein's willingness to go out on a limb and build a radical scoiety and try, within the bounds of his Luna, to make it work.When the Professor says, "In writing your constitution let me invite attention to the wonderful virtue of the negative! Accentuate the negative! Let your document be studded with things the government is forever forbidden to do. No conscript armies... no interference however slight with freedom of press, or speech, or travel, or assembly, or of religion, or of instruction, or communication, or occupation... no involuntary taxation," there is real power there.


My first taste of Heinlein was Stranger in a Strange Land a few years back. It was, in a word, bad. So I gave up on Heinlein all together, figuring if his most famous and critically acclaimed book was no good, what chance did the others have? This conviction was met with protests from Heinlein fans, saying I need to read some "good" Heinlein before making the call. So I did, though it took me an unusually long time to finish. I just couldn't get into it. The characters were two-dimensional and shared too many qualities with those in SiaSL: the brilliant innocent (here, a self-aware computer named Mike), the levelheaded and elderly teacher/father-figure (Prof the anarchist philosopher), and the beautiful, "smart" woman whose most highly praised attribute is her ability to keep her mouth shut when the men are talking about important things (Wyoh, a revolutionary with a thing for older men - another SiaSL staple). Another recycled idea (though I don't know which book came first) was the group/line marriages, where the women are said to be in charge but actually spend most of their time at home worrying about their men. These characters weren't that great the first time around; the second time was just tedious.The idea behind the story is fine: the moon is more or less a penal colony under totalitarian rule. With the help of Mike the computer, Mannie (a computer tech who talks - and narrates the story - in an obnoxious dialect that sounds like someone faking a Russian accent very poorly), Prof, and Wyoh engineer a revolution. There is some interesting discussion of political ideals and governmental structure, but without sympathetic characters to bring it to life the story is about as gripping as your average high school civics class. I simply could not bring myself to care one way or the other. Now I wonder, how many more of his books do I need to read before I can officially say I don't like Heinlein?

Kat Hooper

Originally posted at FanLit.“Sometimes I think that government is an inescapable disease of human beings. But it may be possible to keep it small, and starved, and inoffensive.”It’s the year 2075. The Earth, which has a worldwide government of Federated Nations, sends its criminals and exiles to the moon where they won’t bother anyone on Earth. The “Loonies” are governed by wardens who require them to grow hydroponic grain which is sent back to Earth. This has been going on for over a century, so the lunar colony is no longer just criminals and exiles. They’ve had families and have built a society, but they’re still treated as Earth’s slave labor force. They do work for Earth, but get no benefits. Now they want to be free.When a computer technician named Mannie realizes that the moon’s central computer (Mike) is sentient and lonely, he befriends it and they begin, with the help of a professor and a radical young woman, to plan a revolution. Along the way Mike keeps calculating the chances of their success as new developments occur.The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the story of the American Revolution (or it could be any revolution) in a science fiction context. Readers familiar with Robert A. Heinlein won’t be surprised that this is an anti-authority story — Heinlein’s libertarian views are on full display and those of us with a libertarian streak will be rooting for the “Loonies” as they lament the inadequacies of representational government and demand a free market, a free press, voluntary rather than compulsory taxation, and the right for all citizens to be free and self-sufficient. (Heinlein’s libertarianism borders on anarchism, though, and his characters don’t seem to have a problem with stealing power, water, and phone services from the government, allowing the computer to steal money for their revolution, or rigging elections.) Heinlein’s fans also won’t be surprised to encounter an incestuous type of polygamy in the “line marriages” of the lunar colony.The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of my favorite Heinlein stories. It’s exciting and well-plotted, has strong male and female characters of all ages and races (perhaps Mike the computer is the best character, though!), has some humor, interesting ideas about the purpose of government, and I learned enough about how to run a revolution that I feel like I’m prepared to plan my own. Plus, a catapult on the moon? That’s awesome! (Though Philip K. Dick did it first).The style of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is noteworthy. The Loonies come from all over the Earth and have developed their own slang. Mannie narrates the story in a choppy voice that skips a lot of personal pronouns and articles and sounds like he’s taking notes:Proud of my ancestry and while I did business with Warden, would never go on his payroll. Perhaps distinction seems trivial since I was Mike’s valet from day he was unpacked. But mattered to me. I could down tools and tell them go to hell. Besides, private contractor paid more than civil service rating with Authority. Computermen scarce. How many Loonies could go Earthside and stay out of hospital long enough for computer school? — even if didn’t die. I’ll name one. Me. Had been down twice…Listened to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in audio format. Produced by Blackstone audio and read by Lloyd James. Took little while to get acclimated to Heinlein’s strange style in audio, but Lloyd James did great job, and got hang of it after not too long. Loved what he did with Mike the computer. Recommend this version.The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was published in 1966 after being serialized in Worlds of If. It received a Hugo Award and was nominated for a Nebula Award.“Free Luna! Luna shall be Free!”


This is an excellent novel, action-packed, exciting, and deftly-plotted, with fascinating, complex characters and some interesting science-fictional ideas. I also enjoyed reading about Luna's culture; I thought the marriage customs were particularly interesting.One thing I noticed right off was the way the Loonies use language differently than people from earth do. In fact, it threw me at first -- I couldn't figure out what was going on or why the language was so rough and unpolished and choppy. Eventually, though, I found the rhythm of it and settled in just fine -- I didn't even notice it after a while. It makes sense; Luna started off as a penal colony and has since developed completely separate from Earth and relatively unmolested. Of course they would have their own dialect and speech patterns! To my mind, their language seems to be as efficient as possible. They trimmed away any unnecessary deadwood -- they don't use articles, for example, and very few personal pronouns, and they seem to prefer to use fragments to complete sentences. Only the essentials remain, much the same as the original colonists/prisoners had to start their lives over with only the bare essentials and sometimes not even that.This book was written about forty years ago, and it has stood the test of time quite well, but there are some aspects of it that do seem rather dated. For example, the idea behind the character of Mike -- the computer that is connected to everything and has "woken up" or become alive -- is one that is very familiar to modern readers, one that we accept easily. Apparently, we accept it much more easily than Heinlen expected his readers in 1965 to accept it, because he spends more time explaining it than he really needs to. When Mannie, the narrator, tells Wyoh about Mike and introduces them via a telephone conversation, she is shocked that Mike already knows what she looks like. He looked up her medical records and found a picture of her immediately after being introduced to her. To modern readers familiar with the internet, this is an obvious step and hardly shocking; we expect it, and Wyoh's shock and apparent need to have every detail and implication of Mike's "life" spelled out for her makes her seem a little bit stupid to us. If we don't remember that Heinlen is using Wyoh to explain things to his 1965 audience that his 2005 audience intuitively understands, then we'll get a little frustrated with Wyoh's denseness.All in all, though, this is a novel about politics -- a very complex, deep, intellectual and sophisticated look at politics, government, revolution and war. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has a very definite world-view and political philosophy, some of which I agreed with, and some of which I really, really didn't. My agreement (or lack thereof) with the politics espoused in this book didn't seem to have much bearing on my enjoyment of it. This is a book that requires the reader to think. And that, I think, is why I loved it so much.


Nutshell: lunar colony secedes from Earth, led by John Galt and AI, as told by know-nothing with charming pseudo-slavic accent.Likely one of the source texts for items such as Red Mars and Iron Council, each of which carries echoes of this one.Some odd lapses. One of the principals describes herself as a "Fifth Internationalist" but yet "no Marxist" (64). That's essentially a contradiction in terms. Heinlein doesn't have her expound on her political ideology, as she is apparently present, like Marlowe's Zenocrate, to "rest thee like a lovely queen," to screw the narrator (an apolitical jackass, who proves old slavic saying that it's better to be lucky than smart), and to agree with the libertarian professor, who johngalts his hour upon the stage. The AI--who has an "orgasm" when inflicting mass-driven projectiles on Earth from orbit (269)--gets more political & legal discussion than The Girl, who is revealed to be a fetus machine. Even an aristocratic monarchist has more time to discuss his political ideas (his contempt for egalitarian politics is shared by the libertarian, of course). Not surprising that Heinlein hushes up the female socialist, given his less-than-enlightened gender politics and his thorough lack of comprehension of leftwing ideas.We are given uncritical praise of Malthusian economics (206), unflattering portraits of arts-oriented intellectuals (272-73), and glib assurances that "life has never been sacred in Africa" (280). In a different sort of lapse, the text reveals its age when the narrator "didn't get that far away, as needed to stay on phone and longest cord around was less" (255).All that aside, it is a gripping novel, very worthy of its Hugo. Some might be annoyed by the legal and political discussion, but it's all very well done. I must concede that Heinelin is a very proficient writer, as he presents technical details in an engaging way, with lively scientific minutiae and genuinely interesting attention to engineering detail. It helps that these things are items of contention, at issue in the plot, rather than description for description's sake.Very interesting scene early on regarding the lack of a judiciary on the Moon--anyone can be a judge and adjudicate actions in tort, and then impose criminal penalties, including execution. I suspect this is some kind of libertarian suggestion to abolish law, lawyers, and the judiciary. It's hopelessly naive at best, but more likely it's simply a nostalgia for manorial justice: property owners adjudicate tort on their own terms. In a book filled with reprehensible ideas, this is one of the worst.Recommended for those who look nulliparous and younger than they are, persons with occupational diseases of the underground, and readers with a dubious claim to being the Macgregor.


The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a political/sci-fi masterpiece. The book tells the story of Lunar (used to exile criminals and their families, once you adapt to life on the moon it was almost impossible to adjust back to the gravity of earth) and their struggle to become a free nation. Lunar while a place of criminals, political exiles or their descendants is like any other countries; yearning for liberty and to be free from the tyranny of their slaves. With the help of a supercomputer with a personality; Mycroft, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a well-paced, action charged, science fiction must-read. Without giving much away this book has a strong political message but done in such a way that the story and climax is never effected.


THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MULTIPLE HEINLEIN SPOILERSRobert Heinlein was a good friend of AI legend Marvin Minsky (check out his people page! It's interesting!), and I've heard that they often used to chat about AI, science-fiction, and the connections between them. Here's a conversation I imagine them having some time between 1961, when Stranger in a Strange Land was published, and 1966, when The Moon is a Harsh Mistress appeared:"Bob, this book's not so bad, but I felt it could have been so much better! OK, love the idea of the guy from Mars, who doesn't understand how people work and has to learn the most basic things about emotions, society, etc from first principles. You have some good stuff there. But I think you got a bit distracted with the super-powers and the sex. Sure, put in sex, all for it, but don't get Mike so involved in that part of the book. He should be more abstract I think. And I wasn't so thrilled by the fact that he never actually does anything much with his powers, except for start a minor cult and get martyred. Seems a bit negative. What does his martyrdom achieve, exactly?Wait. I have an idea. Why don't you rewrite it so that he's an artificial intelligence? Really, that makes more sense. He's even more alien than a human raised by Martians. Oh, don't worry about that, I can help you with the technical details. Feel free to drop in at the AI Lab any time, we're all huge fans. People will be delighted. So, yes, as I was saying, he needs to do something. Maybe he's... the central computer in a future Lunar society? And he helps them start a revolution, and break free from Earth's tyranny? Even though what he's really most interested in is understanding how humor works? I don't think you need to change that much else. Call him Mike again by all means, so that people see the link. And you should absolutely martyr him at the end. Only, I think this time you should do it in a subtler and more ambiguous way. But sure, leave the door open about whether he's really dead.""Hey, thanks Marvin! Terrific ideas! You know, sometimes I think you should be the science-fiction writer, and I should be the AI researcher. I'll definitely come by soon. With a draft, I feel inspired. Going to start as soon as I put the phone down. Take care!"

Mike (the Paladin)

I read this first when I was young...we're talking young-young here, and my memories of it were of a sort of space opera. I'd remembered it along with many of Heinlein's "teen" or youth books. When I mentioned this it was pointed out to me (rather forcefully by some) that my memories were...incomplete.Well, they were. While a young reader will see a "space rebellion" here the story itself is a well written tale of political science and human nature. Heinlein gives a very well done debate and/or picture of humans at their best and their worst.I also suspect that we see some of his own frustration with certain parts of society.The book is not only good and enthralling for itself but there are side issues that are just as interesting. For example the idea of future 21st century science and technology from the viewpoint of 1966 (phones still need cords for example but there is a self aware computer).While Mr. Heinlein and I would certainly not have agreed on all points I think we would have agreed on the most basic points of government and it's "uses". I think this book deserves my highest recommendation. And it is (as noted before me of course) a science fiction classic.

Share your thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *